Colors Rainbow began as an LGBT program of Equality Myanmar (formerly the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma) in 2007, and has since grown into Myanmar’s leading LGBT rights organization. Colors Rainbow transitioned from Thailand to Myanmar in 2013 where we have expanded our work on enhancing public understanding and acceptance of the dignity and human rights of LGBT people. We work to end discrimination against LGBT people in Myanmar through awareness raising, education, legal reform and legal protection.
We do this through multifaceted programming that consists of trainings, discussions, networking meetings, community events, lobbying, advocacy and research projects, and the production of multimedia resources. Colors Rainbow produces a Myanmar-language community website and magazine covering LGBT issues in Myanmar and around the world.
Colors Rainbow now has 26 staff and offices in Yangon and Dawei, Tanintharyi Region.
In 2012, CRB co-founded the Myanmar LGBT Rights Network, which is currently comprised of 25 member organizations from 10 different states and regions. The network members carry out joint avocacy for the protection of LGBT people, especially through legal reform, and equal and non-discriminatory treatment in the media and by police and in the judicial system. We continue to serve as the secretariat for the Myanmar LGBT Rights Network, providing technical assistance and working closely with the advisory board, central board and working committees for network development.